I want to reeeeeeead!


I'm hoping this blog gets me to read more. There are SO many books out there that I want to consume, but I haven't been taking the time to READ them.


I hope to give all kinds of genres a try and  once done, attempt to put my feelings and thoughts into words (something I tend not to do, I'm a bottler :( )

Wish me luck!

Genghis - Lords of the Bow Review

Genghis: Lords of the Bow: A Novel (Conqueror series Book 2) - Conn Iggulden

This is the 2nd book of the series and once again Conn Iggulden didn't disappoint.

The book is set during the time of the Mongol conquest of the 12th and 13th centuries

Genghis is now the Khan and is on his way to conquer their long sworn enemy the Chins.  You get both sides of the war, the sides of the Generals that are attempting to protect their cities and of the Mongols as well.

I really love the way he writes.  This book is a historical novel, so the author has studied the events that took place, but also fleshes the story out with relationships, motives, character, and other insight that makes you feel like you're watching it all happen.

He beautifully describes the land, the cities, the weapons used, but doesn't over do it so that you get bored.  

I would HIGHLY recommend this book if you like that kind of thing... If you haven't read his first book, Wolf of the Plains, DEFINITELY do that first, it talks about his childhood up to being a young adult.

I'm definitely going to keep reading the series, and if you like this kind of thing, I would definitely suggest you do it it too!

The Martian review

The Martian - Andy Weir

After seeing the movie, I really wanted to read the book and I'm not disappointed one bit.

I love the writing style. I love that Watney isn't an all serious scientific stick in the mud, that he has personality and because of that, you WANT him to make it.

I love the mentality of the book... when things blow up in your face, take a little time to freak out and spout out expletives and when you finish, figure out the solution.  I need to remember that in real life.

I really liked the style of the book. I'd say about 80% of the book are Watney's log entries, if you liked that part in the movie, you'll love it in the book. There's a lot more foul language, just so you're warned, but it's so worth it.

I think I want my dad to read this one!!

Reading progress update: I've read 22%.

— feeling happy
The Martian - Andy Weir

Loving this book so far. Love the format, love the character... Love how he explains what he's doing and why.  Just a good read so far!

Casual Vacancy review

— feeling beat brick
The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling

I started this book in May. MAY. 


I had the hardest time getting into it at first, the redundancy was murderizing my will to continue.  I was going to quit, but I had read a few discussions about it, finding there were many people that were feeling the same way, but they were persuaded to keep going, and they were right.  Once the story got to the funeral, it really picked up and was a pretty good read.


There were a lot of characters and sometimes I had a hard time keeping them all straight, but it worked itself out as I kept reading.


[spoiler] I'm still trying to figure out who my favorite character was.   Some I despised, like Samantha, Simon and Shirley.... Some just seemed cardboardy... Ruth.


I guess I felt the most for Sukhvinder. WAS she really a hermaphrodite, or was that just Fats getting into her head?  I'm glad her mother finally realized what a bitch she was and came back to her senses.


I also just wanted to snatch Robbie up and run. 


I think that if I ever lived in a town like that... that thrived on gossip and being fake, I'd wish for my demise.



This is a decent read it you can get through the beginning.


Something More than Night - Ian Tregillis

Something More Than Night - Ian Tregillis

I started this book not knowing ANYTHING about it. I read it because I loved the Milkweed Triptych and wanted to read more from this author.


This book was nothing like his previous three, completely different feel,even the reading style was different. Over and over again, I likened it to having a really really rich dessert. You want to keep eating it, but you have to take breaks because of the richness.  It's very cerebral, sometimes I found myself re-reading some sections because the descriptions were so heavy, I wanted to be sure I was able to take it all in.


Bayliss really was a trip! Sometimes i really liked how he talked but sometimes, it was just obnoxious, as were his jokes.  He just never took anything seriously and it really annoyed me, but I realized by the end, it's because he just didn't give a shit about Molly.  Molly was just a tool to get what he wanted, just another monkey.

I really liked that Molly was able to fix Ria and Martin, I just wish she could have been happy at the end, too, but I guess by then she would be so far removed from earth that it will be ok.

It would have made more sense for humans to become angels anyway, because they may actually CARE about Earth instead of letting it go to shit like the last residents did.

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I really liked the concept of memories being tangible, like objects, and the Magisterium concept was really cool. I don't know how he comes up with this stuff, but he has a style of writing  that can paint an image in your head of something that you've never even seen before, which is really a feat.


All and all I enjoyed this book.  I probably won't read it again, because it's so heavy, but it was really a unique ride into the celestial realm


Necessary Evil - Ian Tregillis

Necessary Evil  - Ian Tregillis

The final book of the Milkweed Triptych. LOVED this series. It really made you think. Think of time as we know it, and how it could be and the possibility of changing things, not necessarily for the better or worse, just... changing it.


There were some that I really felt sorry for


Klammer, Klaus, the twins, even Will, though some think he got what he deserved.

I found it interesting that Ian didn't go down the road where, if something changed in the future it affected the person that came from the future... his scars didn't go away once the timeline was changed, he didn't lose or gain memories, he was who he was throughout.

I wish that he could have found happiness in the end instead of being old and alone. He sacrificed so much for his family, his country... it's just a shame.


Though I'm sure Will had to go, it was sad that he did.  He was a connection to the Enochians, so he really couldn't stay, but I liked the poor sap. He meant well, but he was pretty naive and really wasn't very reliable, so I guess it was for the best.  I was wondering how that was going to pan out seeing that his line changed and he wouldn't meet Gwendolyn in his new future. But still. It was sad.

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I really enjoyed Ian's writing style and how he was able to describe something that has never existed in a way that you could actually picture it in your mind when you read it.


If you enjoy the concept of time travel, you really need to give this series a chance. You're sure to enjoy it!

Reading progress update: I've read 45%.

Necessary Evil  - Ian Tregillis

Apparently,I jumped a couple chapters accidentally....after I finally found my place again, the story made more sense (of course)!


I'm wondering if Gretel is setting it up so future Marsh ends up with Liz and Agnes and past Marsh ends up with her??


Also, this is the perfect opportunity to make sure Will's soul stays intact....but then, will he stay with Aubrey and never met Gwendolyn???


Must read on!!!


The Coldest War - Ian Tregillis

The Coldest War - Ian Tregillis

Finished reading this one last night, the writing style pulls you right in and and takes you on a ride that doesn't seem to end.... until you realize the end is really THE END.




I think the characters I felt the worse for, were Klaus, Gwendolyn and Will.  Will's heart was in the right place, it just never went the way he intended. It shows you the importance of just being honest with the people you're with.  If they leave, they leave, but if they find out you've been lying, they'd probably leave anyway.


Poor Klaus, he was a little boy with a good heart and just got screwed over and over and over by his sociopathic sister.  His big downfall is that he still thinks Gretel has feelings like normal people and thinks that one day she'll come around.  Klaus.  She's dead inside, she's always been like that.  Just leave her behind!


I wonder if the Nazi doctor that started all this knew what was going to happen, if he would still go through with it.



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I really enjoyed this book and wish I didn't wait so long to read this one after I read Bitter Seeds. It's not a deal breaker if you didn't read the first one, but you get a bigger understanding of what's going on.  

Now, onto Necessary Evil!  I wasn't going to read that one right away, but I gotta find out how this ends!


Running Scared - Lisa Jackson

Running Scared - Lisa Jackson

I reached the end, and I'm not sure how I feel about this book.


I liked the character building of Daegan and his twisted family, but I don't like how neatly all the loose ends were tied up in the end. But at the same time, I like that the main characters had happy endings, and the bad guys bit it, but I guess because that's not how reality works, it kind of made me give it the side eye.

The entire ending seemed a little rushed, but for the life of me, I don't know how I would change it.

A couple things that were weird to me:

Jon could get these visions, but he never tried to CHANGE his future. He saw himself running though Boston, and KNEW that someone was going to find him and put a gun in his back at a certain area, so why didn't he keep going?!?

He knew he was going to be handcuffed, but he walks right up to someone that is OBVIOUSLY not from his area?

I really liked Daegan, I wanted him to be happy in the end and I'm glad that he was in the end, but that whole snow sex scene seemed to come out of nowhere. Don't get me wrong, it was hot as hell, but it didn't seem to flow right in the context of what was going on.


Kate, I'm neutral on. I really didn't have any feelings about her. I was more like, if she made Daegan happy, then good.  I really didn't care if she found happiness she seemed 2 dimensional to me so I didn't get vested.


Bibi seemed like a rich chick caricature, didn't have many thoughts about her and honestly, I couldn't get a good picture of what she looked like in my head. I think I settled on a rich bitch Betty Davis type person.

Daegan's mother is a fool.  To choose a man like Frank over her own son disgusted me.  I did NOT want a happy ending for her!

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All and all, it's a fun read, I really, really hope there aren't families out there like the Sullivans, but sadly, I'm sure there are.

You know what? Maybe the fact that I actually had opinions on the characters, and things annoyed me and even at times, made me feel bad for Jon and Daegan, maybe the book is better than I realize?


Gone Girl

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

Psychotic.  This book was absolutely bananas.   It makes you sway teams back and forth the entire time, you'll dislike Amy then Nick then the parents but then don't hate Nick as much and then swing back to team Amy until you realize they're all flawed and you can find reasons not to like all of them.



I think that I liked Go the most. She was the only voice of reason in the whole group, and gets lost in the cuckoo.


One thing that bothered me is, they found NICK'S fingerprints on the purse that was found, but Amy said that DESI threw it out the window... so why where NICK'S fingerprints on it? They kept saying NICK'S fingerprints were all over the items in the shed, so they trusted fingerprint evidence so heavily but totally disregard the purse?

I kind of felt sorry for Desi, but kind of not.  He was obsessed. Didn't deserve to die, but was just as nutty as Amy.


Amy's parents were just perplexing.  They pretty much made me figure that's how psychologists are... more interested in the subject than actually dealing with human being.  They floated in and out like a couple of dizzy teenagers.  I really believed they loved their daughter, but I don't think they liked the idea of dirtying themselves with actual parenting, hoping that getting her in the right school and 'normal' activities will make it all sort itself out.  They never bothered "KNOWING" their child, which is why she needed so desperately for Nick to know her.  Her parents, in writing the books were constantly inadvertently telling Amy she was wrong, everything that she did was wrong, which is why she felt as though she had to be constantly right.  They created this monster and they didn't have to endure the product of their horribly parenting.

The ending kind of annoyed me.  I guess after that crazy ride, I wanted a neater ending... not a big question mark after "The End", and Michael Jackson turning his face towards the TV with Thriller eyes while Vincent Price's laughter fades to dark.  I don't know if I would recommend this book, probably because it was so crazy and reading it just made me shake my head and wonder how many people are like Amy in the world, and then think, thank goodness I hate being social, because I have less of a chance encountering Crazy like that.

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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams

I saw the movie before I read the book, and I think it prepared me for Mr. Adams' writing style

I have to admit, sometimes he lost me in his narrative, but it was like listening to your crazy uncle telling a story, so I kind of enjoyed it... I stopped trying to "make sense" of it and just went along for the ride.

The ending threw me off... it just... stopped... I had to check another edition to make sure I wasn't missing pages or something, but nope, I just ended on grabbing a bite to eat, so I definitely need to read the next book, but that will be at a later time :)

Memoirs of a Geisha (Random House Large Print) - Arthur Golden

I really enjoyed this story. I really felt for her and what she went through.  I wish that someone was a bit more nurturing to her as a young girl and explain what was happening and why, but I guess that's just how the culture is or was. I just kept wishing I could give her a hug and explain why.


The writing style was very easy to fall into.  I felt like I was eavesdropping on Chiyo's entire life.  In the beginning, I felt so sorry for her, but then I adjusted once she was in the okiya, just wishing she would "get it" and just try to concentrate on her future as a geisha.  

I would highly recommend this book.

The Vivisectionist - Ike Hamill

The story is gave me mild anxiety. I had to remind myself the characters aren't real!

I enjoyed this book, but am sad of the way it ended. Jack was smart, maybe too smart. Why didn't Stephen care to find out?? That makes him just as bad as Jack!!

My Soul to Keep

My Soul to Keep - Tananarive Due I enjoyed this story. It made me think about the possibilities. I don't like the decision Jessica made, but I understand why she made it. I don't like Dawit, but I did sympathize with his position, though his decisions weren't thought through enough. I can't say I wouldn't make the same mistakes.

Secrets Will Kill

Secrets Will KIll - Vivian Rios The first 200 pages just were hard to get through.It's probably just not my preferred style of writing. The word usage became really redundant (every time they kissed, someone moaned in someone's mouth) and I don't know why, but the over use of the word 'prepared' annoyed me. The fact that everyone was good looking kind of made my eyes roll, Why wasn't anyone average or weathered or gruff?If you took the romantic aspect out of the story, the rest wasn't too bad. I liked the characters on the dark side.I think that if you are looking for a book that makes you think that somewhere someday you're going to find a tall handsome strong "do everything right" man and fall in love and get engaged before the seasons change, this is the book for you.I personally like reality with all it's scars and flaws. I just didn't enjoy this book at all.